Noel Desmond Murphy

January 5, 1962 to October 1, 2021


Noel Desmond Murphy, 59, passed peacefully away on 1st October, 2021, at the Miller Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland, after a short battle with cancer.

Noel is survived by his son Keir Strickland-Murphy, his love Kate Armstrong, his sisters Heather Megill, Norah Murphy, and Tara Murphy, and his favourite mother-in-law Lois Hicks. He is predeceased by his daughter Camille Strickland-Murphy, and his parents Viola and Jerry Murphy.

Noel was a dedicated father, beloved brother, and cherished by friends and family alike.  He loved being active – judo, hiking, sailing, golfing and biking. He was a musician, photographer, and sensei. Noel was kind and sincere, and his warm smile and good humour lit up the world around him.

Special thank you to Noel’s dear friends Dan, Carole, Steve and Wanda for their unwavering support.   Noel’s family would also like to send a special thank you to the staff at the Miller Centre for their care and compassion. Their personal commitment to his comfort and dignity will never be forgotten.

Donations to the Miller Centre Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.

A celebration of Noel’s life will be held on Tuesday, 12th October, 2021, from 1 to 4 pm, at the Admiral’s Green Clubhouse*, Pippy Park.  A tribute to Noel through words and music will be held between 2 and 3 pm. Light refreshments will be available.

*Please note that masks are required.



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Sincere sympathies to Noel’s family. We will truly miss his smile and spark at NRC meetings… My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

So shocked & saddened to hear of Noel’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this terrible time.

My deepest condolences to Noel’s family. Noel was a kind and gentle soul. He always had a happy smile. He was a great colleague and I will miss him terribly. My thoughts are with you.

My condolences, Tara and Norah, to you and your family.

My condolences to Noel’s family, friends and colleagues. Noel was a gentleman and a scholar and he will be missed.

I am so so saddened and surprised to learn of Noel’s passing. Such a young man… !! I worked with Noel in the 90s at IMD. He was such a sincere, helpful, smart and competent guy. Life is not fair…

Sincere and heartfelt condolences to family and loved ones. Our world will miss a great guy, now….

Missing you buddy Noel both in person and on the Judo mats. You had a heart of gold and sharing personality like no other. My condolences to all the extended family! Maurice Sheppard

My sincere condolences to the Noel family. I was just beginning to know Noel through my work , through his sense of humor , appreciation of others and many more. We will miss him. It was a shock to me to hear about his passing away so suddenly.
Pray to the Almighty for his departed soul to RIP.
Prakash Patnaik
NRC Aerospace Research Centre

My sincere condolences to Noel’s family. He was such a great judo player and will remember our good times on the mat. Rest In Peace – my thoughts are with you.

Our sincerest sympathies to all members of Noel’s family, including dearest Cecily, the mother of Camille and Keir, who has grieved so deeply through these painful losses. Hoping that memories of the joyful times will help everyone heal from wounds.

We are sad to hear that Noel has gone. We hope that you, as we, have much comfort and smiles in remembering his sweet and gentle spirit for the rest of our days. With sincere sympathy, Sharon and Jim Andrews

The Class of ‘86 has lost a treasure. Noel was truly a joy to be around and will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family, and close friends.

So sorry for your loss Kate and to the rest of Noel’s family. Noel lived a wonderful like, doing the things he loves with the people he loved. He will live on in your memories forever. Sending hugs from BC. XO

My deepest condolences to Noel’s family and friends. Noel was a valued member of the NRC business development community and he will be missed by his business and research colleagues. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Noel.
He was a former coworker of my late husband Peter.
Noel will always be remembered for His warm personality and kindness.
R..I.P.. Noel

Our hearts are full, both of wonderful memories and of deep ache for all who loved him, and will forever miss Noel’s bright spark, his sense of adventure and fun, and his loyal kindness.
We were so lucky to be in his orbit..

Noel was a great coach and always had a kind word for everybody. He will be sorely missed.

So deeply saddened to hear of Noel’s passing. Noel had such a calming presence regardless of the circumstances. Such fond memories on the golf course, on the ice playing hockey and at work I will miss him so. My thoughts are with Kate and Noel’s family during this difficult time.

Noel was my student at Pius Tenth school in early 70s. He was comfortable in his own skin and always had a smile. He was one of those people one would not forget.
I’m sure he will always be in the hearts of those who were close to him. RIP Noel.

Katie, Keir and all family Please accept our sincere condolences. Noel was a wonderful person who had an enthusiastic approach to everything he did in his life. Rest In Peace our friend Noel.

Kate — sending heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to you and all of Noel’s loved ones. We were so saddened to learn of his illness and subsequently his passing. May the many beautiful memories created together provide comfort and a sense of peace at this heartbreaking time.

My condolences go out to Noel’s family, partner and friends for this loss – too soon..

Noel’s 30 years of experience as one of the original BDOs/CRLs was a great example for all. He was a true business professional and a really nice guy; a gentleman in every sense of the word.

Rest in peace Noel.

I went to school with Noel and always thought he was a wonderful person. A finer man you won’t find easily in this world. He will be missed by all his old classmates for sure!!!

My thoughts are with his family in this dark time.

Godspeed, Noel.

My condolences.

My condolences to Noel’s family, he was a kind and thoughtful person, a true joy to work with. . He has touched the NRC in so many ways and will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to you during this sad time.

Noel was a colleague whom I relied upon for more than 20 years, and he was also a friend. Always generous with his time, his humour and his sailing advice, he helped make NRC a more enjoyable place to work. Our heartfelt sympathy to Keir, Kate, Heather, Norah andTara, as well as Cecily and Lois. You too, Dan. He was one of the best.

I am so saddened to hear of Noel’s passing. I met Noel as a young student in 1980, when we both attended MUN. He was brilliant, kind, and a true gentleman. The world is diminished by his passing. I extend my deepest condolences to those who mourn him.

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Noel’s passing. We were neighbours for many years, and would run into each from time to time since. Lovely person….big loss.

From Judo classes and sailing camp, I grew up just around the corner and was a regular at his house.
He was always patient and welcoming to the gaggle of young ones who would show up at the door.

Noel was intelligent, kind, and a big part of my childhood, he will be missed greatly.

Sincere sympathies to Noel’s family and loved ones. Noel was a great guy, classmate and colleague. Our careers crossed paths many times over the years and Noel was always great to work with. He will be missed.

My condolences to the Murphy family and all of Noel’s friends. He was truly a one-of-a-kind human; a man who will be spoken of fondly for years to come!

We were saddened to hear of Noel’s passing. It all happened too fast. Noel was a remarkable soul, kind, thoughtful and genuine. He will be missed. Our sincerest condolences to Kate and Noel’s family.

My deepest condolences to Noel’s family. I am so shocked about the news. From the times I interacted with Noel when working at NRC, I knew he was a gentle soul. You just knew you were around a good person. My thought and prayers are with all of you.

Our sincere condolences to Keir, family, and friends of Noel.

We first knew Noel when our families were neighbours on Leslie Street in the early 90s. We shared the joy of becoming new parents when the twins and our daughter were born within a few days of each other. We appreciated and enjoyed Noel’s kind nature, ready smile, and sense of humour. He brightened the room, and had a way of putting you at ease.

In later years, we would occasionally encounter Noel and share a few laughs and memories.

It is clear that Noel meant so much to so many. He will be remembered always for his smile, warmth, and genuine kindness.

My deepest sympathies to the Murphy and Strickland families. Noel was such a kind and gentle man. My parents, brothers and I have very fond memories of Noel from his days as our sailing instructor in 1980! He brought a lot of joy and enthusiasm to his work and made a lasting positive impression on us all.

Sincere condolences to Noel’s entire family and all who loved him dearly, he will be greatly missed and remembered by many. Rest in peace dear Noel.

My sincere condolences to Noel’s family. It was a privilege to work with Noel and he will be missed very much. My thoughts are with you.

I am so very sad to hear of the loss of Noel. My sincere condolences – a kind and gentle person with a ready smile always. I remember his Judo days and how much time he spent with my son training. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

My heartfelt condolences to the family and the friends of Noel. He was a great colleague to work with. Always brought positive atmosphere to the work. Feel really lucky for having worked with him. He will be missed.

My sympathies to the family.
Cathy Favre